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  • Register for continued learning classes

    Want to see 10 award-winning films from 10 countries? Find genealogy information on the Internet? Learn about female Pharaohs in ancient Egypt?

    Better understand tax law changes, Medicare, long-term care services and investment fundamentals? Get a new perspective on Jesus, the Trinity and the Quakers? Learn to analyze dreams and play better bridge?

    Courses on these and other topics will be offered during the fall semester of Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning.

  • Regional museum directors to talk at OR gathering

    The city of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation will have the second in a series of community meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19.

    The meeting will be in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Registration and light refreshments will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    Executives from several regional museums and attractions will discuss how their museums were established and developed, and how each is managed and operated.

  • Curvy cuke would be big pickle

    Joyce Sapp likes cucumbers, and she grew them this summer in her yard on Post Oak Road near Rockwood.

    But she recently decided she’d had her fill for the summer. While getting rid of the vines, she found her biggest harvest of all — a green, curved cuke that measures 18 inches long if measured end to end inside the curve.

    “I wasn’t trying to grow anything other than cucumbers,” she said of her late-summer find. “At any rate, it’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”

  • The Garden Gate: Crusaders disappointed in forbidden fruit theory

    Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land in the 12th century learned, to their amazement, that apples were not native to the area.

    Apples were supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, so the Crusaders thought the translators of the Bible were mistaken, and some other fruit was intended.

    Many researchers today believe it was the apricot, but the Crusaders of that century thought it was the big, yellow, citrus fruit they called the pomelo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • Vanderbilt study: Behavior-focused therapies help children with autism

    Vanderbilt researchers last week reported updated find-

    ings regarding the benefits of behavior-focused therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder.

    The review, conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center, updates a prior systematic review of interventions for children (up to age 12) with a focus on recent studies of behavioral interventions.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 11

    Get-well wishes to Becky Robinson, who is a patient in Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville.

    Let’s keep her in our prayers.

    Our deepest belated sympathy is extended to the family of Michael A. Blanchard, who recently passed away.

    He was a lover of people and had many friends.

    His father was Byron Blanchard, who was a great worker for United Way of Roane County.

    He is survived by his mother, Virginia Bry-

    son Blanchard of Kingston; his wife, June; a

    sister and brother and other relatives and friends.

  • Tennessee 36th in nation on child well-being, but improvements afoot

    Tennessee is 36th this year in the annual Kids Count National Data Book ranking on child well-being.

    The ranking is better than in 2013, when Tennessee ranked 39th.

    The state is among the five states with the biggest improvements in overall rankings from 2013 to 2014.

    The Data Book rates states on four domains: economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

    Each domain is comprised of four measures.

  • Emergency assistance deadline extended to Aug. 15

    The enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15.

    Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1, said USDA Farm SErvice Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia.

    The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2013, an additional two weeks to enroll in ELAP.

  • The Garden Gate: Try carrot greens in your hair and greet pea peddler

    Cookbooks were just as popular in ancient Rome as they are today.

    It is truly amazing to see how many cookbooks are on the shelves of any bookstore.

    Amazingly enough, they haven’t really changed much, and cooking has always been as much of a hobby as it is now.

    The most famous of surviving ancient cookbooks was written by Gavius Apicius, who lived at the time of Tiberius.

    The writer Seneca tells us that Apicius one day counted up his fortune and found that he had spent 100 million sesterces, mainly on food.

  • Paddlers for diabetes make Kingston stop

    Kingston was one of the stops for Pete Stadalsky and Nolan McClelland, who are paddling 1,000 miles from the Smoky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico to benefit American Diabetes Association.

    The Kingston stop was on the Fourth of July.

    Stadalsky and McClelland are on a 70-day journey, and they hope to raise at least $10,000 for the American Diabetes Association.

    Visit www.paddletocurediabetes.com for more details about their adventure.